first Mac... a few quick questions

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  1. strengin macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,
    I just bought my first Apple computer about a week ago, a 20" 2.4Ghz iMac, and I'm still in that state of bliss I'm sure you all remember, I should have made the switch years ago :)

    Anyways, I've tried searching (admittedly, probably not hard enough) for the answers to a few questions I have.

    The first is really about the only thing I don't like about the iMac.. the screen colours seem kind of washed out (best way I can describe it) when looking at my photos (as compared to looking at them on my Vista PC). I've tried the calibrating options in the system preferences.. but I can't seem to figure out that "expert" system of calibrating. Although in the basic mode, setting the display to "2.2 Television Gamma" seems to look right compared to what I remembered. I can't do a direct comparison with my PC since my monitor up and died on me a few weeks ago (the final straw that led me to this switch :) ). So I guess the real question is what is the difference between the 1.8 and the 2.2 gamma settings... I'm no expert at colour settings by any means. It says 1.8 is the traditional Mac setting, so is that really the better option to use? I understand that it's ultimately a matter of personal preference, and what I'm happy with.. but does the 1.8 or the 2.2 setting show the "true" colour of photos better?

    Second question (alot easier too) is about RAM. I bought the iMac at the local Futureshop here.. and purchased a 1GB stick of RAM to upgrade the computer with at the same time. The employee there wasn't much help with the RAM question.. he didn't know an iMac's RAM could be user upgraded. So, does the iMac RAM work as dual channel, and does it matter if the RAM of the same brand name? All the specs are the same as the RAM that came with it. I'm not sure where to look at the system specs to see if it even recognized the RAM, let alone if it is working as dual channel.

    Final question (for now :) ) is about photo library organization.. iphoto is taking a little while to get used to, and I'm not completely sold on the idea of it yet.. is it really the best way to organize photos on a mac? I was completely obsessed on the PC with organizing things based on a file folder system.. and I'm still coming to terms that a on a Mac, you really don't (and shouldn't) micro-manage your files. I see the benefit of letting the software handle that for me.. like how iTunes manages music files. I'm really buying into that "think different" catch phrase ;)

    Any help/tips are greatly appreciated. I've been lurking the forums for a couple months now, and it really seems like a great place to ask for assistance for the new apple users. I'm sure I'll have alot more questions in the (near) future :)

    Thanks,
    Richard
     
  2. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    With the screen thing, it's likely due to the fact that Macs by default have a different gamma setting to that of a PC, and yes, I suppose it might look a bit washed out, so go nuts, try out different colour profiles, or do the calibration.
     
  3. mschmitt macrumors member

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    Click: Apple Icon (Top Left Corner)-->About this Mac-->More Info. . .

    As for Gamma settings, here's a really good reference article:

    http://www.normankoren.com/makingfineprints1A.html
     
  4. strengin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    awesome, thanks!
    I figured it would be something obvious like that :)
     
  5. mschmitt macrumors member

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    You're welcome. So, was your memory upgrade successful?
     
  6. strengin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yup, it says 2GB.. not sure if it is working in dual channel or not though
     
  7. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    The first thing I did when I got my iMac was turn down gamma to about ~1.95-2. 2.2 is pc standard, 1.8 mac standard, so I chose the middle and it really helped me transition. After reading a little more about this, I strongly think you should choose 2.2. Don't forget to choose a white point of 6500 K as well.

    Generally, if your iMac is calibrated well, software should manage the gamma problem for you. (Well, Safari will. Firefox won't. Photoshop should, new versions definitely. Gimp, probably not, etc.)
     
  8. MiBerb macrumors newbie

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    Welcome, I'm new too

    I just went from PC to Mac, on the PC I was using Picasa and had Web albums, you can download a Picasa tool to upload your pictures to your existing albums. You get really fast at ease with IPhoto. There are other tools but I don't know about. Since I work and surf mostly in french (Vive Montréal) I have less choices on the market, especially on free tools.

    If you're ready to pay, there is Aperture wich has been recommanded to me by friends.

    Good luck.

    Hope it helped
     

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